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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "required fee " (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Robert E. Marling Jr" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2022 01:46:04 -0700
Subject: Transferred code. (WF/200/105/09) of US$17.5Million Dollars)
Woodforest National Bank. Woodforest National Bank
762 banking locations.
1330 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands Texas
we the Woodforest National Bank Texas are to Notify you about the latest
development concerning your payment that are left in our custody,
besides,you are given a bill of Sum in order to receive your payment
US$17.500,000.00 usd which we didnât hear from you for sometime now.
Hence,we are now offering a Special BONUS to help all our customers that
are having their payment in our custody due to of high prices. In other
words we are now requesting that you should pay only the sum of $50 to
receive funds payment abandoned in our custody by online transfer or atm
card if you wish so.
Therefore you are requested to send the fee $50 only by ITunes
Card,or,amazonâ Steem Wallet is also ACCEPTED because it can be redeemed to
cash all we needs is picture of the card
I will be forwarding to you the account logging details to enable you
access your funds online and proceed on transfer to your designated bank
account in any part of the world Or Tracking Number Of Your ATM Card
Delivery to enable you Monitor the Arriver of your ATM without any further
delay as soon as you update us copy of the cards of the required Fee $50 to
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve your banking needs.
Robert E. Marling Jr.
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer,
Chief Executive Officer of Woodforest National Bank
And Director of Woodforest National Bank